Walk the Line

Eleven Hundred Springs is right at home among Willie, Waylon and the boys

"Guys like us, I don't think we're trying to sell it completely and totally traditional, like Dale Watson or the Derailers are," Hillyer says. "We love those guys, love to watch them and everything like that. Our influences are certainly a lot more traditional than a lot of the other stuff that's going on. But, on the other hand, we're not really selling it that way. We're somewhere in between. It's hard to even entertain the idea of anything you do musically being original. It's all already done. But in general, I hope that we're doing our own thing. We just get up there and play the songs that we write, do it the way that we think it sounds good.

"It's never been the kind of thing where we go, OK, this is kinda what we're going for. This is our deal. This is our niche. We're gonna dress up in suits, and we're gonna do this and that. Or we're gonna be the new outlaws. It's never like that. We just get up there, we do our thing and play our music, and that's it."

Long-haired, tattooed hippie freaks: Eleven Hundred Springs is, from left, Steve Berg, Bruce Alford, Matt Hillyer, Chris Claridy and Aaron Wynne.
Nancy Newberry
Long-haired, tattooed hippie freaks: Eleven Hundred Springs is, from left, Steve Berg, Bruce Alford, Matt Hillyer, Chris Claridy and Aaron Wynne.

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